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Question OTA Tuner for a Home Theater

Hello,

I've got a faux 4k projector and I am looking for a recommendation for a Tuner box.

Most I've seen on amazon seem generic, unheard brand names.

Main features i'd like
- good image
- good sound (I have a 7.2 system)
- good integration with Harmony Remotes or similar

Optional
- recording, not planning but this would be nice to have

Any hints, please let me know.
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Tivo has worked well for me.Pretty expensive now.Much cheaper the last couple of years.Do you have a budget?
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I'd think most of the "Homeworx" clones should be fine. I have an "Ematic" from Walmart and a "Mediasonic". Harmony has codes for them. The OEM remotes leave a bit to be desired.

Paired with 2T portable hard drives creates an instant DVR for $100 total. No fancy interface but it does record and the drives can be moved to a PC for editing. Archiving or creating DVDs.

The image and sound will be as good as the broadcaster. Both are digital and the box just passes it along on the HDMI output. Your projector upscaling will be the quality limit. The analog outputs are, well, 480i so not much you can do with that, although it can connect to a "VCR"

I saw your original post. I think they were indicating the "Converter box" sub forum of HDTV technical. There are many tuners discussed there, not just the original "CECB" tuners.
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Assuming your TV has a spare HDMI port, I second the recommendation for a HomeWorX HW-180STB-Y18 (Mediasonic is the company that imports these). Or an iView 3200STB, which is very similar (Wiltronic Corp. imports these). They will do basic recordings with a USB-attached drive. Some thumb drives will work but many won't; a real HDD (up to 2 TB) is best. They're no TiVo, but if you just want basic VCR-style recordings, they'll work fine.

You needn't worry about picture quality. It's all digital now; as long as your signal isn't so weak or noisy that it pixelates and/or drops out completely, your picture will be exactly as it was transmitted.

You should know that the highest sound quality you'll get over the air is 5.1, no matter which tuner you buy. That will probably improve when ATSC 3.0 comes around, but you'll need a new tuner then anyhow.
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Thank you for responses. I will see if I can score a used Tivo if not I'd set for a HomeWorX. I read the reviews of those, some complain about interface but I really don't care much about the interface. Thank you again!
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Tivo has worked well for me.Pretty expensive now.Much cheaper the last couple of years.Do you have a budget?
Around $100.
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You can score a TiVo for around that price but probably won't have a lifetime subscription, so if you want either the guide or any recording functions you'll need to pony up for TiVo's monthly subscription fee.
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